Resources for learning the Chinese language

learning chinese resources

Here is a list of all the resources I am using for learning Chinese and for creating those blog posts. If you you have any questions or want to know more, please feel free to get in touch!


Sources for the articles around the Chinese language include the teachings from the Chinese Language Program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the irreplacable app Pleco and some of my Chinese books:

Boya Chinese Elementary I (2nd Edition), Peking University Press, 2019

Boya Chinese Elementary II (2nd Edition), Peking University Press, 2018

Experiencing Chinese Oral Course 1, Confucius Institute Headquarters, 2018

Experiencing Chinese Oral Course 3, Confucius Institute Headquarters, 2019

New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd Edition), Beijing Language And Cultural University Press, 2018

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar (2nd Edition), Routledge, 2014


Here is a list of some apps that I have used for learning Chinese:

Hello Chinese: It’s a very comprehensive app to learn both Chinese characters and Pinyin as well as some important grammatical concepts. It’s available in many languages as well, so I very much recommend it. Apparently the app is supported by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, but I had already used it before I heard that.

Memrise: This is a very good app to build up some basic vocabulary, focusing on the oral language. It helped me a lot at the beginning and I recommend it for total beginners.

Drops: This app is also focused on building up your vocabulary. There is an option to switch between Pinyin only, Chinese characters or both, so this app allows you to tailor it as you develop your skills.

Duolingo: A popular app for language learning with a comprehensive approach. I did not like all of the exercises, but you might. So it’s definitely on the list to try out!